A heartfelt appeal was made by a lady called Rowena Fuller who is attempting to be reunited with her daughter Nicola who was adopted through the Church of England Children’s Society in Wales 43 years ago.
Rowena was only sixteen when she delivered Nicola, and she shares that Nicola will turn 43 on the 19th of December.
Since publishing the appeal on Facebook, Rowena has shared that she has received some “interesting leads” that she is currently following up.
The post has amassed a massive 390,000 shares and almost 100,000 comments since yesterday morning, with people from all over the world spreading the word as Nicola “could be anywhere” – could she be in Donegal?
Rowena’s heart-wrenching post reads as follows;
“I apologise in advance if the following should shock any of my friends, but this is a last ditch attempt.”
“You were born on 19th December 1973 in Heath Hospital Cardiff. I named you Nicola. Your original birth certificate is in the name of Nicola Brett.”
“For 10 days I learned how to bath you, keep you warm and cuddle you. You were with me for my 17th birthday on the 27th December that year.”
“On the morning of the 30th December it was snowing. I dressed you in your snow white layette and took the lift down to the car park. A woman was waiting there and I couldn’t let you go.”
“There was an undignified struggle and my mother wrested you from my arms and handed you over The woman turned and walked away – I felt as if my heart had been ripped from my body.”
“You were adopted through the Church of England Children’s Society. This photo was sent to me by your parents on your 1st birthday. It is the only photo I have and has faded over 43 years.”
“I have tried to find you but without success so now I am begging all my friends, their friends and their friends’ friends to share this post. I have lived 43 years with a tear in the cloth of my life, notwithstanding a wonderful daughter, a fine son and a whole possee of adopted/kids by marriage – but this pain will always linger with me.”
“I will be sixty this birthday and would love to hear from Nicola (or whatever her name is now) in the hope that together we can darn the hole. I think you were brought up in South Wales, but by now you could be anywhere.”
“Please, please if you read this, give me a chance – I did and do love you. Your half brother and sister, my husband and the majority of my friends know all about you and my attempts to find you – you would be welcomed by all.”
“Please, please share this post and maybe, just maybe this great machine that is social networking might make my sixtieth and Nicola’s 43rd two very happy birthdays, thank you.”
After Rowena’s heartfelt post gained traction, she said that “words cannot express how much I appreciate what you are all doing! Some interesting leads have come up and I am following up.”
“Unfortunately I am a full time foster Mum to three teens and a translator, so I am not always free. Ideally I would like Nicola to tell me whether she wants contact or not.”